Monday, March 16, 2015

Purely Professional by Elia Winters: Tens List with Excerpt

What are 10 items on your bucket list?
I actually have a whole book of bucket list items that I keep updating as I complete items and add new ones. Here are just a few on my list that I have yet to do so far.
  1. Build our own log home. The husband and I are preparing for this one already: we have our eyes on some land, have contacts in the various trades, and have been taught how to do the actual construction. Everyone thinks we’re crazy, but that’s sort of a given in our lives anyway.
  2. Ride Route 66 end to end. I’ve always wanted to do this. I love road trips, and Route 66 is so iconic that I feel like despite the cliché, I want to travel the whole thing.
  3. Learn to play the harp. I grew up playing piano and can fake my way through some acoustic guitar songs, but there’s something about the harp I just love. It’s majestic. It’s also huge and, from what I hear, incredibly difficult.
  4. Learn to jump rope double-dutch style. At my last teaching job, my students tried to teach me double-dutch, but to no avail. I can get in without getting hit in the face with a rope, but then I can’t seem to get started. I need to learn.
  5. Eat durian. Some people think it’s horrible. Most people, I suppose. I’ll probably think it’s horrible, too… but I want to at least try it.
  6. Ride a hovercraft. Seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t want to ride a hovercraft?
  7. See a total solar eclipse. I’ve seen partial solar eclipses, and total lunar eclipses, but no total solar eclipses, so it’s on my list. I’ll even make one of those little pinhole camera viewing things so I don’t go blind.
  8. Participate in a Thriller Flash Mob. I know the whole Thriller dance, which is only something I can show off at Halloween and sometimes when I chaperone prom. I’m on the hunt for a real Thriller flash mob that I can join. I’ve done Thrill the World for charity, but it’s not really a flash mob, so I don’t count this as complete, yet.
  9. Own a Tesla. Have you seen The Oatmeal’s cartoon about the Tesla Model S? If I didn’t want one before reading that comic, I certainly wanted one after, and my lust-from-afar has only grown in the time since. 
Do the “Awesome Foursome” in New Zealand. This crazy-making combo combines bungee jumping, jet boating, whitewater rafting, and a helicopter ride into one day of adrenaline. Since I already have “Visit New Zealand” and “Bungee Jump” on my list, this seems a natural outgrowth of being slightly unstable and ready to rock and roll.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a  bottomless well of geekiness.
Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.
Elia’s virtual life is as busy as her real life. In addition to her website,, you can also find her on:
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Purely Professional
by Elia Winters

Columnist Bridget Hartwell agrees to write about BDSM to impress her new executive editor at Sultry, the “sex-positive magazine for sex-positive women.” Unfortunately, it’s a topic she knows absolutely nothing about…but if she ever wants that promotion, she’ll need to learn the ropes, fast.
English professor Max Harlow is active in the Dom/sub scene, but only for casual play—he’s never found his ideal partner: a woman who is his equal, but sexually submissive. When he’s asked to explain the lifestyle to his cute but obviously inexperienced neighbor, Max is certain it’s best to approach it academically—to keep things purely professional.
Until Bridget’s first article is a huge hit, giving her the perfect excuse to delve deeper into the naturally submissive side of her sexuality. But as their encounters intensify and each of her boundaries is skillfully pushed, Bridget must decide what this all means… for her identity, her career, and, most importantly, her future with Max.

When Bridget woke up the next morning, her head throbbing, it took a moment for the events of the previous evening to come flooding back to her. She groaned. What had she gotten herself into? Setting up this arrangement with Max was, undoubtedly, the dumbest thing she’d ever done, and in the light of morning, her own stupidity seemed so obvious it was almost painful. She picked up her phone from the nightstand and considered texting him and calling the whole thing off, playing the drunk card; she even got so far as to open the message window. But then other thoughts came to mind: his hand on the back of her neck, holding her mouth pressed to his. The insistence of his lips and tongue. His deep voice, like sex and whiskey and naughty promises. She set her phone aside and licked her lips. This might be dumb, but damn it all if she wasn’t going through with it anyway, because honestly, she wanted him to show her what else she could feel.

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  1. I'm happy to be here on "Behind Closed Doors" today. I'll be stopping in throughout the day to answer questions and respond to comments.